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A Pa​use 4 The Cause, Inc

"We will help individuals put a Pause on old ways of thinking by providing a new Cause for living."

Mission Statement

A Pause 4 The Cause mission is to work with at risk youth, young adults, and underserved populations, putting a "PAUSE" on Negative Thinking and Behaviors through P.E.A. (prevention, education, and art).


A Pause 4 The Cause purpose is to make attainable education, art, and skills that will guide and present alternative directions toward self-sufficiency and productivity for individuals, families, and communities.


A Pause 4 The Cause vision is to address  social issues that impact many causes of self destructive and  defeating behaviors which are infiltrating our communities.  It is our vision that implementing programmatic time allotted "pauses" of negative thinking and identifying individual's goals and dreams though artful expressions, and life skills that today's at risk population will create a new "cause" for living a healthier and productive life.


Upcoming Events


4th Annual Black Tie Charitable Event



5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

3rd Annual Black Tie Charitable Event

Please join us for an evening of dinner, dancing, guest speakers & entertainment

LaVera's Party Center

Willoughby, OH



8:00 am to 3:00 pm

2nd Annual

Party In The Parking Lot-Back To School Giveaway

Lee Harvard Shopping Plaza 

4071 Lee Road

Cleveland, Ohio 


A Pause 4 The Cause, Inc., is a 501(c) (3) organization structured and created exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Sherri Brandon, MNO/MSSA, CDCA


-Sherri Brandon has served the homeless community for more than 20 years. Ms. Brandon has served as Executive Director of Front Steps Housing and Services since 2008, where she has made significant strides in improving the organization’s structure, operational effectiveness and programming. Ms. Brandon has a Bachelor of Psychology from Ursuline College, a Masters in Social Services Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and has recently earned a Masters of Nonprofit Organizational Management from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Brandon is an ordained minister and is the Co-Pastor for N 1 Achord Ministries in Euclid Ohio. She is also the founder of Victorious Women’s International Fellowship, a ministry designed to restore women who have been wounded, misunderstood, and rejected.

Joe Buit

Vice Chair

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Myers College.  Joe has worked at Weaver Industries for the last 14 years in a leadership role.  Weaver Industries, which is a non profit organization, provides vocational training and services for those with developmental disabilities.

Charlotte McKenney


Charlotte McKienney is a graduate of Capital University and holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Science and an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Cuyahoga Community College.  Miss McKinney is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDCA) with over 16 years of experience working with individuals who suffer with Substance Abuse Disorders.

Liz Buit


Liz has a worked in the private wealth banking sector for over 13 years.  Liz has previous non-profit experience with the Association of Women in the Metals Industry having sat in several different board positions including Board President.

Celeste M. Ward

Board Member

Celeste M. Ward is an active board member of the Pause 4The Cause over the last 28 years.  With the help of AA and NA programs, she overcame substance abuse and earned the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) Certificate.  She's now the founder and CEO of Above & Beyond Creations, LLC, an event planning service known throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area for it's elegant decorating styles.  Moreover, she has proven to be a powerful resource in helping youth between the ages of 9 to 18 develop culinary and dancing skills.  Celeste is looking forward to providing new members and youth alike with new opportunities to engage.

Debbie Freeman, LPN, CHT

Board Member

Debbie Freeman is a native of  Youngstown, OH who currently resides in Euclid, OH.  She is currently an active member of Imani United Church.  Miss Lewis is the mother of 2.  Miss Lewis has a wealth of experience in Punlic Relations, Marketing and networking while actively involved in many community and social events.

Tonya Williams

Board Member

Tonya Williams became an active member on the board for A Pause 4 The Cause in 2020.  Tonya brings experience in event planning and organization of large groups.  Tonya started a women's retreat that has celebrated 10 years.  Tonya also brings over 22 years of uninterrupted sobriety.  She also has an open mind and the willingness to assist in any way to ensure the continuous success of A Pause 4 The Cause.  Tonya is currently employed at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center as the Lead Intake Specialist.


"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." ~Elizabeth Andrew

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